The Nigerian Bar Association, NBA, has called on the Nigerian Military, the Police Force and other security agencies to upgrade the conditions of service of legal practitioners in their employment.
The NBA leadership said this in a statement Friday signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Kunle Edun.
“The attention of the Nigerian Bar Association has been drawn to the challenges and inclement conditions of service under which lawyers in the military and security services work. Many of our members are in the Nigerian Army, Nigerian Navy, Nigerian Air Force, the Nigerian Police Force and other security and para-military agencies. Information indicates that in the course of performing their official functions they are confronted with a lot of challenges and at times subjected to disciplinary measures just for performing their lawful functions.” The statement said.
Also, in the statement, the NBA argued that the promotion processes for lawyers in these agencies are insufferably delayed or non-existent compared to what other professionals of the same calibre experience.
Stressing economic and social justice, the NBA said: “Like every other worker, the Nigerian lawyer in such regimented services are also entitled to basic rights and facilities to function effectively. They should be considered as valuable partners in the shared quest to attain the ideals of justice, rule of law and transparency.”
Assuring of its do-the-talk approach, it said: “The NBA shall open discussion and dialogue with the relevant commands and agencies with a view to fostering a mutually beneficial and labour friendly relationship where the rights and privileges of our members under their commands will be accorded them.”